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I was just wondering if anyone has OA in their lower spine and what problems you may have (apart from pain) how it effects you day to day. I keep hearing that it affects people differently.
i have OA both neck and lower spince, complicated by a crumbling spine and prolapsing disc's, i find when i do too much walking/standing it flares up as sciatica, and pins and needles down my legs, sitting for long journeys often isnt pleasent, i use analgesia and a tens machine to help with pain relief, i prefer cold treatment as sometimes it feels as if its burning
not sure which bit its related too but sometimes i get an altered sensation in my bum, sometimes its numb but then it can also be over sensitive
I too have OA in lumbar spine, it affects L4 - 5 and the Sacroilliac joint, I also have bone spurs on my pelvis. Haven't been too bad recently but have learned to pace myself and take time doing housework, gardening or walking. The year before diagnosis was the worst, I hardly slept formonths and had pain/ extreme discomfort if I walked too far, did too much bending, sat for too long (numb bum and pins and needles across my back) but it was at its worst when I lay down. My back would just seize up after a short period and I would have to get up as it became too painful to stay in bed. I try to avoid painkillers as ibuprofen upsets my stomach, co codamol gives me serious chest pain and vicious heartburn
(nasty!), paracetamol are worse than useless and diclofenac
(another NSAID so can cause ulcers) is the only one which touches it. I work as a teacher with 5 - 6 yr olds so have to get down to their level, but have learned to kneel on the floor rather than stoop, and I never sit on the wee chairs!!